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Victorian detached house glass extension

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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On homify in recent weeks, we've begun to see a surge of properties in the United Kingdom that feature stunning single room extensions. There appears to be a trend of don't move, improve houses across the country, with homeowners choosing to look internally, instead of externally for solutions to their living problems. These extensions are generally limited, or not limited by (depending on the way you look at it) the confines and shape of the block of land. As a result, these new designs require plenty of critical analysis during the planning and concept stages. In this case, the extension projects are streamlined, with the finished result being well resolved and thorough. These extensions not only look wonderful, but they add a staggering amount of value to a property.

Today, we are going to take a tour through a Victorian period home that has been awarded a stunning geometric glass extension by Kitchen Architecture. Housing a double height kitchen area, you will see how two vastly different design styles have been melded together in total harmony. Let's take a look…

A juxtaposition of architecture styles

In this first image, you are presented, side by side, with a wonderful view of the existing home and the bold glass extension. This is one of those instances where you see two totally different architecture experiences working together, despite their obvious differences in era and style. The transparent nature of the extension helps the new section to seamlessly integrate with its surroundings, supporting the existing home instead of overtaking it, which in these circumstances can very often happen. 


The reflective surface provided by the glass is great for two reasons. Not only does it flood the interior with natural light, but it also reflects the greenery of the surrounding nature. This allows the extension to blend, albeit, to disappear, into the landscape. As you can see, the panels on the bottom section have the ability to be pulled back, totally opening up the kitchen area and allowing the outside space to flow inside. 

Inside, out

From this angle, we a treated with a view from the opposing side. Inside of being on the outside looking in, we are now about to translate the same view from another perspective. The horizontal nature of the kitchen is outstanding; as is the attention paid in maintaining the line of sight, which as you can see, remains open and untouched. In fact, the rangehood, which enters the space from the ceiling, lines up perfectly with the first section of window frames. The kitchen cabinetry, cleverly installed against the walls, ensures the view remains unspoiled from every angle.  

Functional aesthetics

We can see that many space saving solutions have been envisaged to ensure this sleek and contemporary kitchen remains clutter free and undisturbed. The kitchen island, too, has been used as a vessel for storage, as has the facing wall. Some of the larger appliances, such as the fridge, are hidden behind the wall of pale grey panels, ensuring a clean and uniform finish to all surfaces. A room of balance, even the tiles are in perfect harmony to the cupboard doors, counter tops and even the framing of the windows.

The oversized lamps which hang from the ceiling give an edge to the space, yet the nature of their material furthers the notion of openness and transparency in the room. 

A room with a view

To finish, we end with a view of the existing Victorian style property from the interior. Though this setting is not visible directly from the newly built extension, it is a wonderful thing to see for those looking to undertake a modern extension on a period home. It is possible to make sense of how two totally different styles can work together both on the external envelope, and in terms of the internal spatial layout. Despite the obvious structural details from the Victorian period, the decorations inside are contemporary and fresh. You may have noticed, but the colours from the existing section of the house have also been translated into the new build—with cream, grey and wooden tones reigning supreme.

To read more about value adding kitchen extensions and renovations, click here.

What do you think of the finished result of this glass kitchen extension? Let us know in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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